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Yoga Studio Shooter Apparently Had History Of Making Racist, Sexist Videos

Scott Paul Beierle, who gunned down two people in a yoga studio on Friday, made a series of videos in 2014 in which he criticized how black people dress and speak and called women who date black men "whores."

By The Associated Press
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The man who shot and killed two people in a Tallahassee yoga studio appears to have made a series of racist and misogynistic videos four years ago.

Police say that on Friday night Scott Paul Beierle posed as a customer at the yoga studio and then suddenly started shooting people. He killed two women and injured five others. Beierle then fatally shot himself.

In a series of videos that were posted to YouTube in 2014, a man who looks like Beierle criticized how black people dress and speak and called women who date black men "whores." In another video, the man complained about an "invasion" from Central America, while in another he ranted about the women who he said had caused him to become a misogynist.

A Tallahassee police spokesman would not confirm or deny the videos were Beierle's, but biographical details mentioned in the videos match known facts about Beierle.

A Florida State University college student from Atlanta was one of two people killed.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported that Maura Binkley was due to graduate in May and she was studying German and editing, writing and media. Her father Jeff Binkley told the newspaper she was hoping to get a job with Teach for America.

Jeff Binkley said that police told him the killing of his daughter was a random act.

A police statement says, "Patrons fought the assailant to prevent him from harming themselves and others."

Yoga practitioner Joshua Quick spoke to ABC's Good Morning America on Sunday, telling them he grabbed Beierle's gun after it jammed and hit him. But Beierle got control of the gun again and pistol-whipped Quick.

Beierle was a graduate of nearby Florida State University but he was living in a city in central Florida. Police were searching Beirele's residence in Deltona, located east of Orlando.

Beirele had been previously arrested for grabbing women although the charges were eventually dropped. Records also showed that he was banned from the campus of Florida State University in 2014.

The shooting occurred Friday evening in an upscale shopping center.

[Photo: Associated Press]

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